North America

  • Shippers hit by trucker shortage and bad weather pushing up transport costs

    Feb 15, 2018 — Shippers are fearing for their bottom lines amid claims the US truck driver shortage will intensify after a year in which hurricanes and high demand drove up rates.
  • Senate confirms rail, truck agency administrators

    Feb 15, 2018 — The U.S. Senate confirmed Ronald Batory as administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and Ray Martinez as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • ELD Mandate Presents Opportunity to Boost Fuel Efficiency, Technology Vendors Say

    Feb 13, 2018 — Complying with the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate may create new expenses for new adopters of the technology, but the devices also could generate fuel savings for carriers depending on the type of system they deploy and how they use the data.
  • Disabled Containership MOL Prestige Under Tow Off British Columbia

    Feb 7, 2018 — The disabled containership MOL Prestige is under tow back to Canada after suffering an engine room fire last week that left the ship adrift off British Columbia, Canada.
  • Cargo Theft Explodes in Mexico

    Feb 6, 2018 — Cargo theft in Mexico has exploded since 2015, and totaled more than 4,000 thefts in 2017, according to SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center’s annual report on cargo theft in the country. The 1,105 thefts in 2015 grew by 61% to 1,773 in 2016. That number grew by 127% to 4,030 last year.
  • Long Beach port OKs on-dock rail facility

    Feb 5, 2018 — The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday approved the construction of Pier B on-dock rail support facility at the Port of Long Beach, California. The facility would provide track space to join together sections of trains assembled at terminals.
  • Port Houston Sets Record for Container Volume in 2017

    Feb 2, 2018 — Port Houston broke its record for container traffic in a year due to strength in the transportation of steel, wind energy equipment and automobiles, according to the port authority. Longshoremen processed more than 2.46 million industry-standard twenty-foot-equivalent units , or TEUs, in 2017, a 13% increase compared with 2016.
  • Cargo Thefts Drop as Police, Fleets Fight Back

    Feb 1, 2018 — Cargo thefts fell 36% in the fourth quarter of 2017, a continuation of a steady drop as fleets addressed the issue and states with large cargo hubs devoted more law enforcement manpower to the problem, according to CargoNet.
  • Rand Logistics files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with debt swap deal

    Jan 31, 2018 — Rand Logistics Inc, one of the largest bulk freight shipping providers in the Great Lakes region, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Tuesday after agreeing to a debt-for-equity swap with lender Lightship Capital LLC.
  • Port of Baltimore to Add New Shipping Service to New Zealand, Australia

    Jan 24, 2018 — A new monthly roll-on/roll-off shipping service between Europe and New Zealand and Australia will begin calling the port of Baltimore in March, officials announced Jan. 23.
  • Citing increased bombing risk, TSA mandates additional security on Middle East airfreight

    Jan 24, 2018 — Citing the increased threat of a bomb being smuggled on board an aircraft bound for the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo, effective Monday morning. All cargo being loaded onto flights at last point of departure airports in Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will be required to comply with air cargo advance screening (ACAS) protocols.
  • Trudeau announces Pacific trade agreement without US

    Jan 24, 2018 — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that Canada — along with the 10 other remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — would work toward creating a revised trade agreement.
  • Trucking Industry Concerned About NAFTA Ending

    Jan 23, 2018 — The North American Free Trade Agreement became a critical component in the national economy when it was implemented in 1994. The trade deal is now facing major changes as partner countries rework its many provisions – a process that has been marred by contentious negotiations and a possible pullout by the United States.
  • Weaker Dollar Won’t Derail Global Growth: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Jan 18, 2018 — The depreciation of the dollar was one of the market surprises of 2017, defying the predictions of many analysts and economists at the start of that year. Continued weakness in 2018 has led some, including European officials, to warn about possible detrimental effects on growth.
  • FMC Urged to Set Guidelines for Detention, Demurrage Charges

    Jan 17, 2018 — Cargo owners and trucking companies urged the Federal Maritime Commission to set guidelines on detention and demurrage charges when unforeseen circumstances take place, such as a weather emergency or labor slowdown.
  • ELD Mandate, Driver Shortage Spur All-Time Record Trailer Orders in December

    Jan 16, 2018 — Fleets are ordering thousands of dry vans to deal with exceptionally tight trucking capacity pushed to the edge by the ELD mandate. Carriers are resorting to much more drop-and-hook to compensate for the lack of drivers, and they need significantly more trailers to manage the demand.
  • Government Announces Reduced UCR Fees for Interstate Carriers

    Jan 9, 2018 — The federal government today announced reduced annual fees for commercial carriers required by law to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has oversight of UCR, published the final rulemaking (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/fees-unified-carrier-registration-plan-and-agreement). The new fees go into effect immediately.
  • ‘Bomb Cyclone’ causing airfreight and logistics disruption across Eastern U.S.

    Jan 4, 2018 — As the so-called ‘bomb cyclone’ winter storm moves up the East Coast of the United States today, logistics companies are bracing for disruptions. SEKO Logistics said that the winter storm was, “disrupting global supply chains, with roads, airports and now [sea]ports being closed across the region.” The logistics company added that ports all across the Northeast were now affected.
  • CAGTC member Policinski asks Congress to increase freight infrastructure funding

    Dec 21, 2017 — Testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) CEO Mark Policinski called on Congress to implement a strategic campaign of investment in our nation’s freight infrastructure. Noting that the current world economy demands that nations elevate their infrastructure to compete on the global stage, Mr. Policinski asked Congress to not only provide oversight for existing investment programs, but to also increase direct federal investment in our freight network.
  • Quebec port to construct container terminal

    Dec 20, 2017 — The Quebec Port Authority (QPA) on Tuesday announced plans to build a container terminal that could serve as a new international economic hub geared toward logistics facilities, distribution centers and other new businesses. The CA$400 million terminal project will include an extension of the Port of Quebec’s wharf line and links to ?existing rail and road networks. The port is served by CN, Canadian Pacific and the Quebec Gatineau Railway.
  • Canada Announces ELD Proposal as US Mandate Takes Hold

    Dec 19, 2017 — As the electronic logging device mandate takes effect in the United States, Canada has published its own first draft of rules that would require the devices for truck drivers. Once finalized, the mandate will be rolled out within two years.
  • Update: Delta Cargo lifts ATL embargo earlier than expected

    Dec 19, 2017 — Delta Cargo has lifted the embargo for all domestic cargo departing from, arriving in and transferring through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) as of 12 pm ET.
  • Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach post impressive November volumes

    Dec 14, 2017 — Total November POLA volume came in at 924,225 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), which set a new record for monthly volumes in the port’s 110-year history, topping November 2016’s 877,564 TEU, and were up 5.3% annually. POLB November volume was up 14.7% annually at 612,659 TEU, with the first 11 months of 2017 coming in at 6,847,589 for a 10% annual gain. In calendar year 2016, POLB handled 6,775,171 TEU.
  • ELD Mandate Magnifies Parking Shortage, Washington Truck Exec Says

    Dec 7, 2017 — Truckers in Washington state are meeting with lawmakers to discuss options for addressing the state’s shortage of truck parking, an issue which is expected to face added pressure once the federal requirement for use of electronic logs takes effect next week.
  • FMC Moves Forward with Regulatory Reforms

    Nov 20, 2017 — The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) took an important step in its regulatory reform efforts when it voted last week to advance a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that simplifies and streamlines its Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Service Arrangements (NSA) and Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRA) rules and procedures.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • Santa Fe Group Further Invests in China with full Acquisition of Sino Santa Fe

    Mar 24, 2017 — The Santa Fe Group has acquired 100% ownership of Sino Santa Fe or Santa Fe China.
  • U.S. Passport Renewal Delays

    Sep 23, 2016 — If your passport is anywhere near you, take a moment and check the expiration date. If that date is anytime during the next 24 months, it might be best to start the renewal process now or soon. Here's why...
  • IAM Submits Comments to USTRANSCOM on Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program

    Nov 10, 2015 — IAM yesterday submitted comments on the U.S. Transportation Command’s recent Federal Register Notice about the Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program. IAM believes the proposed pilot is ill-conceived and poorly timed.
  • IAM attends GSA pre-solicitation meeting

    Aug 6, 2015 — IAM attended the GSA pre-solicitation meeting yesterday in Washington D.C. IAM’s Senior Vice-President, Chuck White, and Programs Director, Brian Limperopulos, discussed international trends and issues affecting the industry with both GSA officials and transportation service providers from the industry.